The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 19, 1996, Page 3, Image 3
M By Matthew Watte Senior Reporter A bill pending before Congress that would open campus crime logs will have beat made moot at UNL before it passes. Not only are University of Ne braska-Lincoln police records and sta tistics already open, UNL Police Chief Ken Cauble said, some soon will be in cyberspace. The bill, called the Open Campus Police Logs Act, is pending before the House of Representatives Education Committee in Washington, ft would force universities and colleges receiv ing federal funds to open campus po lice and security reports. But Cauble already opens campus police logs to die public as part of his community policing philosophy. “The only thing we have ever been reluctant to give out is names of vic tims of different things,” he said. Cauble said many campuses are fighting the bill for one reason or an other. He said some are fighting it to keep crime from detgrring students from enrolling. “A campus that says they have no problems is lying,” Cauble said. “It’s like a city saying it has no crime.” Campuses are required by federal law to report cm carpus crime annu ally. Cauble said some universities aren’t always in compliance because of lax law enforcement. A university feces the loss of all federal funds if it does not comply with the current law. Cauble said he wanted to get cam pus crime information out to more stu dents and turned to the World Witte Web. By the beginning of October, Cauble and UNL police conputer spe cialist Tbny Spulak hope to have a web site up and running that gives campus crime statistics, tips and information. Cauble said poking the information on the Internet was an extension ofhis “open records” philosophy. Campuses that suppress crime infonnation, he said, will continue to have problems with crime. “B!sjust not niy theory on how law enforcement is supposed to be,” he said. The web site, which will be linked to the UNL web site, http:// www.unl.edu, will be updated either daily or weekly with crime statistics, Cauble said. He said it was unknown how or if daily information could be included — the details are still being worked out. “Hopefully (the web site) will help people to understand that we’re here to give people information as well as protect diem,” Spulak said. hird-largest pus crime CRIME from page 1 -munity policing and information sharing—programs started a few years ago—led to the decrease, he said. And, he said, newer data point to a continued decrease of thefts and assaults. UNLPD employs 27 full-time, commissioned officers and 15 com munity service officers who patrol campus but have no arrest powers. Tile department also employs a foil time crime prevention officer who is responsible for campus crime education. ‘ The community service officers have been given expanded areas of patrol, Cauble said. The officers now check parking lots around cam pus as part of their patrol patterns. Students have been making more calls to UNLPD to report sus picious activity, and thefts around greek houses have been decreasing, Cauble said. Cauble said straight talk with parents and students helps. He said when he talks with students and par ents at New Student Enrollment, he tells than campus crimes exist and he tells them what the crimes are. He also tells them alcohol is present (Mi this dry campus. “(I say) here are the problems, and if you don’t know them, we can’t stop them,” Cauble said. CORRECTION Randy Abel is the manager of an Audio-Visual Video Store, not the manager of a Film Strip video rental store, as was reported in Wednesday’s Daily Ne braskan. ---—— Do You Draw A Blank At The Test? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Join us and learn how to relax as you prepare for tests. Tuesdays, 3:30-5 pm Feb. 13-Maich26, 1996 Registration is required. For more information, Call CAPS (472-7450) WEDNESDAY: Lip Stick it Night" with the hottest country music mix in Lincoln. 25$ Wells, Wines & Draws to jf anyone with red painted lips. m Free dance lessons 7-8 p.m. if THURSDAY: "Retro Dance Night" with the of the 70s, '80s and '90s. 25C Wells, Wines & Draws for everyone. 19 and over welco FRIDAY: "Traditional Country" $1.00 for anything 4:30-8:00 p.m. $2.00 Amigos Buffet 5-7 p.m. $1.75 Longnecks 8-12 a.m. SATURDAY: Beginning Oct. 5 Music heard at TEN LIES in Omaha is brought to you in Lincoln. Everyone 19 and over is welcome. $1.75 Longnecks all night! SUNDAY: "Manager Madness" with drink ials and an ail-request music rmat. Dance lessons 7-8 p.m. veryone 19 and over is welcome! jettons6* eVetV°ne _ PHHiilH MM MM MM 5400 "O" STREET (402) 464-1100 : 6O3eHO0 MHz/SMB RAM/1.2GB 4XCD-R0I^38B modem/Ifdhfday 66 MHz/BMB RAM/500MB Set an Apple Computer loan. Set a. Man. Don’t nay for 90 days. UHL Computer Shop 501 V. 10 Room 123 r Monday thru Friday, 8-5 (402) 472-5787 http://compshop.unl.edu Tree one-year Apple warranty.